Ouch Lions winning by 64 to Nil. A few close calls in the last 15 minutes for NSW-QLD County. Would have loved to see them get on the board.
Super Rugby Friday 7th and Sunday 9th of June 2013:
I got it wrong last week when I thought all the Super Rugby teams were having a break once the Lions tour started, I didn’t realise that these two games were been played this weekend, I just hope everyone still put their tips in on the games.
On Friday night the ACT Brumbies hosted the Melbourne Rebels in Canberra, it started as a tight arm wrestle where both teams played some tight 5 footie. Through the home teams class the Brumbies went into halftime leading 10-3 but lost starting scrumhalf Nic White to a shoulder injury. It made little difference losing their playmaker to the Brumbies in the second half as Colby Faingaa, Henry Speight and Clyde Rathbone stepped up to assume responsibility and steer the boys home and extend their lead at the top of the conference and temporarily lead the comp which should ensure that the Brumbies play finals for the first time since 2004. Again it was played in front of a disappointing crowd of only 11,055 so now watch all the band wagon supporters come running when they get a home final in a few weeks time, that is of course if they can put their hot chocolates down and make the trip out to Bruce Stadium.
Sunday Afternoon saw the Western Force host the NSW Waratahs in Perth in a rare day game, who would have ever thought that fans would want to see rugby played during daylight hours. With a dry fast track and both teams out of finals contention they should have had no excuse to not play exciting expansive rugby. It seems the Waratahs came to Perth with this in mind and had two tries in the opening half to lead 22-8 at halftime. In the second half it was good to see the Tahs hand starts to debutants Liam Winton, Adam Colman, Richard Aho and Terrence Hepetema in a game that will be remembered as much for the Melee and handbags at twenty paces as for any exciting rugby. By fulltime it was the Tahs 28-13 and both teams would have been looking forward to a beer or ten at the Cottesloe with it been a Sunday arvo of a long weekend in Perth.
Have a good week and get out to watch the Lions if you can.
Mick Skehan: https://twitter.com/mickskehan